how we commute
July 19, 2011, 2:32 am
Filed under: Cities, Energy, Transit | Tags: , , ,

This chart shows commute patterns in the US in 2008.  It looks like the only city in America with clear bragging rights when it comes to sustainable transportation habits is New York City, where over 55% of workers commute using public means.  In the next closest city, Washington DC, only one in three citizens uses public transit.   Of the top six cities, only one, San Francisco, is on the west coast; and it has less than one in three commuters using public transport.

Portland and Austin, those – maybe self proclaimed – bright lights of livability and sustainability from the northwest and south, have rather pathetic showings indeed:  Portland at a shocking 12% and Austin at about five.

Public transportation systems are vastly more efficient than cars and there is a direct link between these efficiencies and sustainable living.  No doubt this yellow dotted chart will prove useful for cities who want to get in the game by providing their citizens access to efficient and public transit options.



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